Israel postponed the debate on a bill that would allow the state to seize church parcels that were sold to private developers.
Under pressure from church leaders, the Israeli government froze the debate on a controversial bill on Sunday. The Israeli Churches have repeatedly blocked legislation, claiming that Israel could expropriate valuable properties.
The sponsor of the law, legislator Rachel Azaria, says the church leaders misinterpreted the bill. He says he is trying to protect thousands of people living in buildings built on rented church grounds.
Azaria says residents can face huge price rises or even evictions from private developers when their rents expire in the coming decades. Uncertainty caused property values to fall.
Azaria says she hopes to reach an agreement with the churches in the coming weeks.